Torch relay events take shape 100 days from visit

Today marks 100 days until the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay passes through Bartholomew County, on Sunday Sept. 18th.

According to the state of Indiana, the torch will enter Bartholomew County on State Road 46 coming from Decatur County stopping by Hartsville for celebration events.

It will then head through the northern part of the county stopping by Simmons Winery on County Road 450N for Hope-area celebrations before wending its way through Columbus to a party on the library plaza on Fifth Street.

The scheduled route (PDF link)

Lynn Lucas, the local bicentennial event organizer, said that the library plaza events will include informational booths, food, children’s activities and a performance by the Tim Grimm Family Band. The festivities kick off at 2 p.m. and the Grimms take the stage at 6 p.m.


The torch will be carried on foot and by vehicle by 32 local torchbearers. Lucas said that organizers are still in the process of confirming with the selected torchbearers and hope to have a list available soon.

Lucas said that organizers are finding unique vehicle to make the trip through Bartholomew County. So far vehicles being considered include the Columbus Fire Department’s 1917 Stutz fire engine,  an antique Coca-Cola bottling truck and an antique car owned by the Harvey family.

The torch relay will start in Corydon on September 9th and end on October 15th in Indianapolis. The torch is being carried six days a week making its way through all 92 Indiana counties.